The United Nations has been encouraging communications and outreach initiatives on Yemen’s transition since 2012, including through the provision of expertise, funding and logistical support. Support was provided to the Preparatory Committee to develop a communications and public outreach strategy for the National Dialogue, and later for the Secretariat to establish a Media Centre and Community Outreach Unit. The objective was ensuring the transparency of the Dialogue and political processes, engaging the public-at-large across Yemen, allowing public participation in the decision making process through a special mechanism, and providing feedback to the National Dialogue. Key to all of this were traditional and new communications tools, awareness campaigns, field visits and face-to-face meetings.
2018 ‘terrifying’ for Yemenis but ultimately a ‘year for hope’, says UN Special Envoy
It has been a “terrifying” year for Yemenis but ultimately one of hope, as December talks in Sweden yielded a ceasefire around a key port city with the promise of further substantive consultations between the warring parties next month, the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, told UN News in an exclusive interview on Wednesday.
Despite the “remarkable” recent progress, Yemen continues to suffer from a humanitarian crisis described by the UN as the worst in the world, together with fighting between Government and Houthi movement opposition forces across the country, said Martin Griffiths, who said “it’s still going to be a hard slog to make it work according to plan”.
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